March 2009

Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2009 


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The Blue Flame


There are more than 120,000 vehicles on U.S. roads powered by natural gas. Technological advances promise even greater use for transportation. Historic pursuit of the world land speed record is part of the heritage of this "fuel of the future."  Page 7

“America on the Move” features the Smithsonian Institution’s transportation collection. The exhibition at the National Museum of American History reveals America’s fascination with life on the road.  Page 9

Oil 150 Documentary Premier


A new PBS documentary examines the birth of the oil industry. Produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, it premiered March 14, 2009, in a historic theater in Franklin, Pa.  Page 3

Searching for Penny Pennzoil


A Drake Well Museum photograph shows Nancy DeCelle – “Penny Pennzoil” of the early 1960s. Organizers of this year’s Oil 150 anniversary events are looking for other women who served as Pennzoil models – so they can participate in the August sesquicentennial celebrations in Titusville.  Page 5


High-Flying Trademark


Pegasus, one of the most recognized corporate symbols of the American petroleum history, was first registered in 1911 as the trademark of the Vacuum Oil Co. of South Africa.  Page 13


Producing States Statistics


The Independent Petroleum Association of America’s annual statistical publication the Oil and Gas Producing Industry in Your State includes historical notes, education resources, and community museum contacts.  Page 6


Dinosaur Fever


Everyone likes dinosaurs. Seventy-five years ago, Sinclair Oil, one of the oldest company names in the petroleum industry, created a marketing icon whose popularity with children – and educational value – remains to this day.  Page 11

Bruce Wells,
Apr 30, 2009, 7:45 AM